Public Speaking Training

Swallowing Butterflies and Communicating with Confidence: Skills for Networking, Advocating, and Speaking to a Crowd

Course Outcomes

This public speaking course will:

  • Review the basics of networking, and give suggestions for improving small talk.
  • Provide participants with multiple techniques for speaking confidently in front of groups.
  • Prepare participants to gain control of meetings and convey information with authority.

Public Speaking Course Overview

Some people have the gift of gab while others cringe at the idea of presenting at meetings, engaging in small talk at networking functions, or making a business case for their ideas when working with others.  This fun and fast-paced course teaches participants to think on their feet.  It is a hybrid program covering many of the skills needed to successfully communicate in both formal and informal situations.  Attention is paid to making small talk and creating elevator speeches, networking at business functions, giving formal presentations, and participating and collaborating during business meetings.

Program Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Navigate networking functions.
  • Introduce themselves and others at meetings and other events.
  • Organize information in a way that is logical and easy to remember.
  • Give formal presentations with confidence.
  • Communicate with confidence in meetings and advocate for their points of view.

The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

Where We Are: Evaluating Communication Skills

This program begins with a skills assessment to help participants determine their communication strengths and challenges.  Based on the results of that self-evaluation, we will shape the session’s agenda, and participants will set goals for the day.

You Don’t Say: Small Talk Made Easier

During this part of the program, we will explore the importance of networking and small talk.  Participants will identify topics for conversation and practice interacting with others through a variety of exercises designed to develop skills in the art of mingling. 

Take the Stage: Presenting in PubliC

This part of the course tackles the basics of giving good formal presentations.  Participants will learn how to organize thoughts, make a strong opening statement, support their messages will appropriate detail, and conclude their talks with strength.

Come Together Right Now: Maximizing Meetings

Meetings are part of every organization and the forum in which many ideas are heard. This seminar segment focuses on actions participants can take to effectively lobby for their viewpoints.  Additionally, the group will explore the importance of discourse, techniques for questioning others, and tools for managing different perspectives.

One More Time: Impromptu Practice

In this final exercise, participants will give short impromptu presentations about one or more of the topics covered during the course.

At the conclusion of this program, participants should have greater skill at communicating with credibility and confidence.

Available Formats

  • Full-Day Training Course

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

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